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    Oh I just googled for it and found the description.

    Etymology
    The specifi c name is Latin for ‘white,’
    in reference to the colour of the fl ower.
    A few plants of an Epicranthes species,
    fi gured as E. fl avofi mbriata in Mr.
    Cootes’ book, “The Orchids of the
    Philippines” (2001), recently became
    available from dealers specializing in
    orchids from Nueva Vizcaya, Luzon.
    With living specimens in hand, one of
    us (WS) became convinced that this
    could not be E. fl avofi mbriata on account
    of its differently shaped leaves,
    very different fl ower colour, dissimilarly
    shaped sepals, comparatively
    longer labellum and more straightened
    out, mobile petal appendages
    connected to the petal proper by very
    thin fi laments. Indeed, this entity, it
    would seem, is nearer to E. xanthomelanon
    J.J. Verm. and P. O’Byrne, than
    it is to E. fl avofi mbriata, differing from
    that species primarily in the absence
    of vesicles on the labellum.

    Description
    Rhizomes: to 148 cm long, pendent,
    branching in older specimens; completely
    covered with dried sheaths;
    carries the pseudobulbs at 2.2 to 4 cm
    intervals. Pseudobulbs: four-angled;
    appearing desiccated, green with
    brown tinge, 1.8 cm high by 5 mm in
    diameter. Leaves: elliptic and sessile,
    stiff, edges curl under; upper surface
    green, tinged with purple and with metallic
    iridescence, 6.4 cm long by 2.4
    cm wide when fl attened. Infl orescences:
    appear at the base of the pseudobulbs;
    one to two-fl owers opening
    at a time. Flowers: Dorsal and lateral
    sepals are yellow; petals pale yellow
    with diffuse reddish spots at the bases,
    appendages 10, shiny black; labellum
    reddish-black; column and anther
    cap dull red; blooms 1.7 cm across the
    lateral sepals, often with a barely discernible
    odour. Sepals: ovate-triangular,
    margins inwardly curled especially
    at the apex, 8 – 9 mm long by 3.5 – 4
    mm wide. Petals: almost lyriform, furnished
    with 10 black, mobile appendages,
    attached at their bases by a
    very thin fi lament; appendages with
    a minutely lumpy texture, uppermost
    ones very short, the longest are from
    6 to 7 mm in length by ca. 0.75 mm
    thick. Labellum: mobile, very thick, 3
    mm long by 1.5 mm wide; apex obtuse,
    minutely and sparsely papillous, adaxially
    with two low keels that run almost
    the entire length.

    Habitat
    Epiphytes in rather stunted forests,
    upper mixed dipterocarp forests and
    mossy forests at altitudes from ca. 500
    to 1,000 meters, rooting in thin layers
    of mosses and preferring brightly lit,
    very humid localities.

    Recognition
    This new species is distinguished
    by its very long rhizomes, iridescent
    leaves with margins that curl under,
    consistent yellow colouration of the
    perianth segments, the presence of 10
    mobile appendages on the petals, and
    the minutely papillous labellum which
    lack any vesicles.

    Etymology
    From the Latin glebosus lumpy, and
    dactylus fi nger, a reference to the appendages
    which have a minutely
    lumpy texture.

    Note
    This species also occurs in the eastern
    Luzon province of Aurora (see Cootes,
    2001.)

    Thanks Jim and Wally for finding this beauty.

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    Hi Randy,

    Epicranthes glebodactyla comes from the mountains of central Luzon and Aurora province.

    Jim Cootes

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    Thank you very much Jim....

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    Very particular labellum. It looks like a big spider inside the flower ...

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    Exactly Daniel, when I was viewing the flower initially I didnt noticed it at first but when
    I was viewing it later in Picasa (cropped) then the spider jumped into view.

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    good job flowering randy!

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    Really unique looking! I like the spider and 'old socks smell' analogies. You must be doing something right, Randy, it looks happy. Interesting that the flowers only last a few hours.

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    Very pretty epicranthes. Congrats.

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    thanks for looking guys, i was just so lucky i found this plant. I've no idea of
    the blooms when I got this, but i love the foliage and the growth habit. the
    flowers are just a bonus.

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    Woooo! It's a scary flower for me. Looks like a spider getting ready to bite!

    So it stinks huh? I'm not so much into stinkers so I'll just let the plant be for now and I'll pass this one ...


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